East Forest x Ram Dass: An album in four parts 2019

Ram Dass Words of Wisdom Set to Music by East Forest

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Ram Dass and composer East Forest join forces for a full length album.  

In June 2018, East Forest was invited to Ram Dass’ home in Maui to join in conversation and record brand new teachings from the legendary teacher. 

After capturing these words of wisdom, East Forest returned to his studio in the high desert of Southern Utah to compose the soundtrack for Ram Dass' wisdom.

The collaborative work features topics around technology, nature, soul, death, psilocybin, the idea of guru, circular thinking, witness consciousness, karma, the mind, as well as classic Ram Dass stories from his early journeys in India and more.

About the Album:

East Forest x Ram Dass

East Forest x Ram Dass will be released in four chapters  

Chapter I – January 25, 2019  

Chapter II – March 22, 2019  

Chapter III – June 21, 2019  

Chapter IV (full length album) – August 9, 2019  

East Forest scored music to accompany each teaching in a wide range of influences — from contemporary classical to chillwave electronica, electro-acoustic to stripped back piano songs.  

The new East Forest record also features guest appearances from the likes of Trevor Hall and Grammy nominated artist, Krishna Das, all framing Ram Dass’ teachings with contemporary voices and cementing Ram Dass into an echelon of relevancy and immediacy — offering a direct antidote for a highly polarized nation that is deeply in need of a universal voice of wisdom, connection and unconditional love.  

Listen to Chapter I Here
East Forest x Ram Dass Ch 1

Mind Karma feat. Trevor Hall (Music Video)

Enjoy the music video for Mind Karma feat. Trevor Hall. In this song, Ram Dass is speaking to how "Our Karma is Our Mind" and how we need a clearer view in order to see God.

I Am Loving Awareness feat. Krishna Das

Premiere track from the East Forest x Ram Dass album, is "I Am Loving Awareness" is a collaboration with acclaimed musician, Krishna Das

"As you’ll hear from “I Am Loving Awareness,” the track shared here, the music is a beautiful wash of violin drones, piano and wordless vocals provided by devotional singer Krishna Das. 

Popping up through it all like little bursts of color is Ram Dass, letting us know that one simple way to “get out of our minds, our thinking minds,” is to use the song’s title as a mantra."

-Robert Ham, Paste Magazine

East Forest x Ram Dass - Chapter II

Listen to Chapter II Here

"Sharing and generosity are expressions of compassion from the soul,” Ram Dass says of the album. “The unconditional love that I received from my guru, Neem Karoli Baba, continues to be shared through the words and music on this album."

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East Forest x Ram Dass - Chapter III

Listen to Chapter III Here

"Three EPs deep into Ram Dass and East Forest’s four-part EP series and the duo still has plenty of tricks up their kurta sleeves. On Chapter III of the project—leading up to a full-fledged LP to be released in August—Dass and Forest enlist the help of a variety of guests, including Dead Prez’s Stic and The Mynabirds’ Laura Bird." - Dean Brandt, Flood Magazine

Electric Sea feat. stic of dead prez

"I really enjoyed the creative experience working with East Forest on the project. I was generally familiar with Ram Dass but hadn’t delved into his story that much. East Forest sent me Ram Dass’ book “Be Here Now” and it was full of insights about waking up and spiritual consciousness that I resonated with a lot. I loved the vibe of the track right away. 

East flew out to Atlanta and we met at the studio I use often and I was able to craft my lyrical contribution with his vision to guide me. There was so much we wanted to convey and the fun challenge was fitting it all inside the cadence and structure of the music while interpreting Ram Dass’ wisdom in my own way. It’s a different vibe for me but I like how it came out. Feels good and has an open quality about it." - stic from article in Brooklyn Vegan

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SouLand feat. Laura Bird of the Mynabirds

Laura Bird from the Myrnabirds

 “I named my last Mynabirds album Be Here Now in tribute to Ram Dass, and was floored when East Forest reached out to collaborate on this incredible project,” Bird explains. “I can’t begin to express the pressure, elation, and terror—and ultimately pure joy—I experienced singing with Ram Dass himself. To be pulled from the anxiety of our modern age into the heart of what really matters, to literally get on the same wavelength as one of the greatest teachers of our time—it’s a journey I wish for every single person when they listen to these songs.”

Laura Bird from SouLand premiere on Flood Magazine

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